Your mantra for a diabetes-free life

Fight diabetes by walking daily. Heard that tagline before? According to experts, the best way to manage diabetes is to walk. Well, you could start with The Times of India and Lifestyle `Beat Diabetes’ walkathon initiative on Sunday.

Reports from International Diabetic Federation ( IDF) state the number of diabetic patients in India at 71 million; which is an increase of about 20 million people from last year.

“This is alarming but hardly surprising,” said Dr Mahesh Sathiavageeswaran, endocrinologist, Apollo Hospitals. “In the past few decades, our lifestyle and food habits have undergone drastic changes. We are shifting away from our traditional food to Western cuisines, which is high on carbohydrates and low on protein. However, we take out very little time to exercise. This coupled with high stress level can lead to diabetes,” he explained.

One of the simple yet most effective ways to combat diabetes is by indulging in some form of simple physical activity such as walking for at least 30 minutes every day. Medical studies have proven that a 30-minute walk results in better blood glucose level management. When we walk our muscles absorb blood sugar, preventing it from building in the bloodstream. The result is lower glucose levels and this effect can last for hours. However, it is not permanent, since the blood glucose levels go up again when we have our meals. Therefore, it’s important to control the glucose level by walking.

“It is amazing how simple habits like these can contribute in safeguarding one from a life-threatening condition, such as diabetes. Therefore, having balanced meals and walking should be inculcated in one’s lifestyle from early adulthood,” said Kabir Lumba, managing director, Lifestyle International Pvt.

To spread awareness about diabetes, Lifestyle and The Times of India is organizing `Beat Diabetes’ walkathon on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7 am. The walkathon will start from Kanteerva Stadium and will take participants through Cubbon Park. There will also be a live performance by popular contemporary folk band, Swarathma. This CSR initiative by Dubai-based retail company Landmark Group, will be conducted in November across six countries, including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai and India.

Read more: Your mantra for a diabetes-free life – The Times of India

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